Final projects of self portraits using our iPads turned out so neat! We used several apps including Sketchbook Express, Art Set, Sketches, and Art n Trace.
Students were asked to create a character from three columns of four types of environments, characteristics, and physical additions. Choosing one from each column. They could combine using their iPad Pro and Pro-Create app or the computer Wacom Pen Tablet and Photoshop.
Art students created detailed drawings of butterfly wings using a circular view finder on cardboard circles. They used Crayola Portfolio Oil Pastels which allow for very smooth application. So proud of these 7th graders blending and smoothing their pastels with great patience.
Ancient Roman Architecture
Students were given an architectural structure to base their learning on. They were to include a hand drawn floor plan, detailed pull out drawing, printed photos, information sheet, and a Qr code of a video under 10 minutes high lighting the architectural design and architect.
When the project boards were completed, each student did a "show & tell" of their architectural piece and the viewing of their video. Each student learned individually about their own piece in depth and then the group as a collaborative whole.
I hope someday they get to visit Rome and look up their research project! So very proud of the work and effort put into their projects.
Middle School students used their iPads and the app Sketches to create their Nebraska bird drawings. It has a good video on how to use the app. A great site we use that is very informative is What Bird. It allows the students to research about their particular bird with visuals, and audio. They can actually listen to the sound of their bird they chose.
6th grade students love drawing nature. For this assignment students were asked to draw without the use of a visual, only from memory. I collected their memory drawings and then let the students use an image to look at. They were amazed at what they could draw. I wanted the students to understand that we rely on what we think we know verses what reality is. It is important as beginning artists to to LOOK closely and draw slowly to see the details, and proper proportions of a subject.
Simple watercolor postcards were used as students practiced using Nasco's chart of watercolor techniques.
Eight by ten canvas panels were covered with old book pages using gloss medium to create a collage effect for the background. Students then had to choose a living thing as a subject to watercolor. Unlike watercolor paper the paper tended to resist the color due to the gloss medium. Several layers were added to get the stronger colors. The rule of thirds compositional technique was emphasized.
The art of silhouettes was incorporated using a watercolor wash with salt resist technique on watercolor paper to create these beautiful images.
I live in Nebraska and love teaching art! I get the best of all worlds.... I teach High School Graphic Design, Middle School Studio Art and I am an adjunct instructor at our local college.